Concerns about rental arrears among private landlords are growing as the credit crunch continues to grip the UK economy, research has suggested.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) said advice on procedures to follow when tenants stop paying their rent is the most popular enquiry from private landlords on its phone lines.

Richard Price, director of operations at the private landlord association body, said: "No landlord wants to serve notice on a tenant, but the reality is landlords are forced to do this when rental arrears become serious."

He added that landlord legal advice on eviction procedures is given via the private rented sector association's advice line.

Some 74 per cent of calls are from private landlords seeking advice on tenants not paying rent, while enquiries about Energy Performance Certificates, letting agents' finder's fees and tenancy deposit solutions are also popular.

The findings come after a study by the NLA in December showed that 71 per cent of private landlords thought more tenants would fall behind on their rent payments this year.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19038856-ADNFCR

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